“He’s defo trying hard to be the next Tiger”; “Vengeance in Valhalla!” - Golf world stunned by Scottie Scheffler’s arrest ahead of PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler (Image via Getty).
Scottie Scheffler (Image via Getty).

Scottie Scheffler was arrested by Lousville, Kentucky police on his way to Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, May 17, to play the second round of the 2024 PGA Championship. Scheffler was allegedly charged with four felony counts.

The golf world has reacted massively to the matter on social media with very diverse opinions. Even the hashtag #FreeScottie has been posted on X (formerly Twitter).

One X user posted the following:

"He’s defo trying hard to be the next tiger"

Another wrote the following:

"Vengeance in Valhalla!!! #FreeScottie"

Let's look at other reactions on X:

"Didn’t think Scheffler getting cuffed & stuffed would be the first thing I see this morning," one user posted.
"A fatality had just occurred. Traffic was backed up. Scheffler thought he was above the law and could take the side median to get in. You can’t do that in real life. As he found out," another user wrote.
"Word on the street is that the Louisville police bet big on Rory," a fan posted.
"Waiting for the cop's camera video. Hopefully Scottie didn't act like a jerk," another fan wrote.

Why was Scottie Scheffler arrested?

Available reports indicate that Scottie Schefler's arrest was related to his evading a police stop. The police had stopped traffic due to a car accident that had resulted in the death of one person earlier in the day.

According to The Mirror, Scottie Scheffler is not related in any way to the initial event, which took place near Valhalla Golf Club before Scheffler arrived in the area.

Police arrested Scottie Scheffler and took him to the police station. According to a report by local media outlet WAVE News, Scheffler was charged with the following charges:

  • Second-degree assault of a police officer
  • Third-degree criminal mischief
  • Reckless driving
  • Disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic

Barstool Sports reporter Dan Rapaport shared on his X account a screenshot of the official website of the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections, which shows that Scheffler joined the institution with the number 00654436. There is also a picture of the player wearing the orange uniform.

The second round of the PGA Championship was suspended due to a car accident near the course. The round will tee off after 08:30 am (Eastern Time). Scheffler has a tee time a little after 10:00 am ET.

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